KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.
Quardale M. Lewis, 33, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Lewis was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.
On March 15, 2013 Lewis pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Lewis admitted that he was in possession of a Hi-Point .45-caliber pistol on July 25, 2011. Lewis discarded the firearm while fleeing from police officers during a car stop.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Lewis has two prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute as well as prior felony convictions for burning or exploding, endangerment of a child, assault, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Project Ceasefire, launched in October 1999, is a cooperative initiative by federal and local law enforcement and the Kansas City Crime Commission that targets for federal prosecution persons who unlawfully use or possess firearms.